Men's Basketball Tops Cleveland State, 62-54

Dec. 5, 2000

BERKELEY - Senior forward Sean Lampley scored a season-high 22 points and junior center Solomon Hughes came off the bench for 10 points to lead California to 62-54 victory over Cleveland State Tuesday at Haas Pavilion.

With the win, the Bears broke a three-game losing streak and improved to 2-3 on the year, while Cleveland State fell to 3-4.

Cal struggled early out of the gate, as the Vikings used an 8-0 run to take a 13-5 lead with 13:31 left in the first half. Down 15-7 two minutes later, the Bears had their own 8-0 spurt to tie the score at 15-15. Neither team could establish much of advantage the rest of the period and entered halftime tied at 27-all.

In the second half, Cleveland State scored the first seven points and then went up by eight at 37-29 five minutes into the period. Behind six points by Hughes and four more from Lampley, the Bears went on a 10-0 run to grab the lead for good at 39-37 with 10:45 left.

Cal, which missed its first 12 three-point attempts, finally connected from behind the arc when Joe Shipp nailed a trey for a 45-38 advantage with 8:35 remaining. The Bears later extended their lead to 10 at 52-42 on a pair of Lampley free throws.

Cleveland State responded by scoring five straight points to cut its deficit in half. Cal, though, made 10 free throws in the final 2:08 to put the game away.

After averaging more than 18 turnovers in their three losses, the Bears had only 11 against the Vikings, while forcing 20.

Guard Jamaal Harris paced Cleveland State with 19 points, with 15 coming in the first half. Theo Dixon added 16 points.

A combined 66 fouls were called in the contest, 34 on the Vikings. As a result, Cal attempted 43 free throws, but made only 24.

Post-game Quotes

California Head Coach Ben Braun ~

'I thought the big key for us in the second half was picking up the pressure and doing a better job against Jamaal Harris. Cleveland State did a great job extending out defense.'

'It's great to be back home. We've been on the road so long we almost forgot what Haas Pavilion looked like.'

'I thought in the second half we stepped it up. We were more aggressive punching the gaps in the second half.'

'What a tremendous effort by Dennis Gates off the bench for us.'

'We needed to get this game under our belts before Colorado comes in here Saturday.'

Cleveland State Head Coach Rollie Massimino ~

'I thought that we played a very good game and I thought that they (Cal) played a terrific second half.'

'They went zone with about 11 minutes to play, they didn't play man, then we didn't hit any shots just like they didn't hit any when we were playing it (zone) in the beginning.'

Former Golden Bear Kevin Johnson ~

'I thought Dennis Gates gave the team a great spark in the second half when they really needed him.'

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